The talk about aesthetic riches of India and abundant craftsmanship falls incomplete without the discussion of numerous embroidery styles that have thrived in the country down the chapters of history. Here, we bring them back to you , one by one:
A sincere treat to the eyes, Banjara work embroidery is an assembly of vibrantly hued threads, mirrors cut out in various geometric patterns and some simple stitches like long stitch, short stitch, herringbone and chain stitch. The work is done by traditional artisans of banjara tribe who have inherited the skills from their ancestors. Today the work is used to decorate clothes, accessories, foot wear and even upholstery. The majority of artisans of banjara work today hail from Andhra Pradesh.
Beautifully curated white pieces of cotton, muslin, organza and Georgette in white come decked with intricate white embroidery which is celebrated as Chikankari, Lucknow's gift to the rich cultural heritage of India. Famous as the embroidery promoted by Noor Jehan, the work boasts of 36 different kinds of stitches and a five-layered production process. Now-a-days, the work is even available on coloured/dye-able fabrics.
Counted down as one of the most loved embroidery style of the season, Gota work is native to Rajasthan and Jaipur. Pieces of zari ribbon are cut out in different shapes and sewed down at edges to form lovely patterns. Khandela and Shekhawati are the places renowned for Gota patti work.